Anyone with an interest in Microbial Ecology can become a full member of ISME.


Membership will alllow you certain benefits like access to The ISME Journal and discounts to our Symposia.


Please visit our ISME membership pages for more information.



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ISME/IWA Biocluster Award

The ISME-IWA recognizes the importance of interdisciplinary research at the interface of microbial ecology and water/wastewater treatment. The Grand Prize will be awarded to both Holger Daims, University of Vienna, Austria, and to Lutgarde Raskin, University of Michigan, USA. 


They will both act as convenors in the ISME16 program and will give a presentation in their respective sessions, Dissimilation of nitrogen compounds, and Microbial ecology meets environmental biotechnology. 

Mads Albertsen, Aalborg University, Denmark, will receive the The Rising Star Prize, and has been awarded with an oral presentation in the session Microbial ecology meets environmental biotechnology. All three prize winners will receive their awards during the opening ceremony of ISME16 on Sunday 21 August. 



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ISME16 - (open)

We hope to see everyone again in Montreal at ISME16 this August!

Want to know what you can expect? ​A full report on ISME15 can be found here and please also enjoy a selection of  ISME15 photos. The ISME symposia, organized every two years, are the largest international meetings addressing the wide range of topics in Microbial Ecology.






The ISME Journal, launched in May 2007, is a cooperative effort between ISME and Nature Publishing Group (NPG). The ISME Journal is THE multidiscipinary journal in Microbial Ecology. Please take a look at some of our featured articles online.



Evolutionary genetics
Microbial engineering
Microbial population & community ecology
Microbe-microbe & microbe-host interactions
Integrated genomics & post-genomics approaches
Microbial ecology & functional diversity of natural habitats
Geomicrobiology & microbial contributions to geochemical cycles



Impact Factor: 9.3, ranked number 4 in Ecology and number 8 in Microbiology.



The ISME web focus is an online selection that contains 5 articles, picked by the Chief Editors of The ISME Journal.  The publication of the web focuses coincide with the ISME Symposia and can contain commentaries of ISME keynote lecturers or a selection of very diverse articles that represent what "ismej" is all about: a multidisciplinary journal in microbial ecology.


2014 online webfocus
2012 online webfocus
2010 online webfocus 
2008 online webfocus



Articles published in The ISME Journal are now freely available online, 12 months after publication. In addition, selected content from the journal is freely available online from the date of publication. Authors always have the option to buy the Open Access feature for their article. The ISME Journal is fully indexed in ISI and MEDLINE and all content is hosted on PubMed. 


Want to submit your paper to The ISME Journal? Visit: manuscript tracking system